Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) joked that he started warming up his vocal chords on Tuesday night, preparing for the holiday song he had been asked to sing with Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Senate President Thomas Mike V. Miller (D-Calvert).

And sure enough, after just a couple renditions of the last line of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Hogan proclaimed Busch – normally his political nemesis – the most musical politician in the house.

“I can honestly say the Speaker has the best voice,” Hogan said after the trio trilled their way through a video session that was part of a holiday promotion by The Baltimore Sun.

“I got a bad voice, and [Miller] is trying to hide his.”

Hogan (R) and Busch (D) fought vigorously fought this year over the state budget, education funding and other partisan issues. But on Wednesday, it was all light-hearted banter and holiday cheer in the State House rotunda, which was decorated with 24 Christmas trees and a giant menorah.

The governor and Miller conspicuously kept their voices at a lower volume than the more melodious Busch, as they sang: “As they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, you’ll go down in history,”

After the final take, the three shook hands warmly.

“Now if we could only get along like that during session,” Hogan joked. “Singing together in harmony.”

Busch laughed, and said, “Let’s not blow it during the holidays.”

A state house guard stationed nearby was left smiling. “That really was amazing,” she said after the three state leaders had gone their separate ways.

Lasting bipartisanship?

Probably not.

But, this moment, too, could go down in history.